Recruiting Notebook: 2013 Southern Jam Fest

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As the summer draws near, the recruiting picture for many players – especially those in the Class of 2014 – begins to clear up. After making their marks during the April “live” evaluation period, players are continuing to garner attention from college programs as they gear up for the next round of Division I evaluations in July.

Devin Robinson is one player whose stock is rising, as he has collected offers from Cincinatti, Xavier, Florida State, Virginia Tech, VCU, UConn, Notre Dame, and Southern Cal recently, among a host of others. Robinson, a Class of 2014 prospect out of Christ Church Academy (Va.), also said that Louisville is likely close to offering. Look for even more of the nation’s biggest programs to start getting involved with the 6-foot-7 Richmond Squires wing.

Robinson’s list of current offers is impressive, but Dion Wiley was the most highly-recruited player in attendance. Playing with Maryland Ruff Riders, the 6-foot-5 guard helped lead the team to a Sweet 16 berth. A Top 50 prospect nationally in the Class of 2014, Wiley says he is still wide open when it comes to recruiting.

Indiana and Florida State are Wiley’s most recent offers, and they join Georgetown, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Miami and Florida on the list of schools he mentions as recruiting him the hardest. He plans to visit Indiana, Florida, and Miami in June and says he has no preference whether he stays close to home or whether he goes away for college.

Another top talent in Hampton was Team Loaded NC guard JaQuel Richmond. The 2014 prospect is ranked in the Top 100 nationally and lists his top five schools as N.C. State, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Florida State and Tennessee. Richmond’s decision may not come for a while, however, as he says he plans to commit after his senior high school season.

Only a 2015 prospect, Sean Lloyd is making waves in recruiting circles, drawing interest from Miami, Syracuse, Temple, St. Joseph’s, Villanova and Quinnipiac. The Team Philly (Pa.) guard was one of the top 2015 prospects in attendance at Southern Jam Fest and has been dominant on the 16U level this spring. Lloyd’s teammate Michael Watkins is attracting local schools with his 6-foot-8 frame and interior presence; Penn State, Temple and Drexel have all reached out and expressed interest in the center.

D.C. Assault scoring guard Byron Hawkins holds eight offers currently and is planning to transfer to Vermont Academy next season. After spending the last two seasons at Good Counsel (Md.), the 2014 prospect may end up as a Class of 2015 recruit if he decides to reclassify at his new school. However, Hawkins says that if he feels he finds the right fit with a school after next year, he will commit as a 2014. Towson, St. Joseph’s, Delaware, Fairfield, George Mason, George Washington, UNC-Greensboro and William & Mary have all offered Hawkins. While he hopes for more offers to come through, it sounds like Towson is growing on Hawkins as a possible option.

Crusader Nation (Md.) was a bit of a surprise on their way to the 17U Elite 8 led by 6-foot-3 guard Marcquise Reed and 6-foot-4 forward Trevon Wesco. Reed, a versatile combo guard with nice scoring ability, has a Drexel offer with interest from Richmond, Wake Forest, James Madison, and Southern Cal. Wesco is slighly undersized but arguably plays as hard as any 2014 player in the nation. Wagner and Applachian State are the Division I schools showing interest in Wesco currently.

Virginia Elite (Va.) 17U has a collection of Division I prospects with impressive academic resumes. 6-foot-7 wing forward Paul Rowley had a strong weekend and is highly coveted by almost every program in the Ivy and Patriot Leagues. William & Mary has also offered Rowley, a gifted outside shooter. 6-foot-9 big man Sam Berlin has generated interest from Fairfield, George Mason and Loyola (Md.) while 6-foot-2 guard Cameron Smith was recently offered by Rice.

Quick Hitters

  • Team Loaded (Va.) guard Isaac Fleming is headed to Massanutten Military Prep (Va.) and will likely be joined by NC Red Storm wing forward Dwayne Miner. Both are 2013 prospects who plan to take post-grad years.
  • Jersey Elite guard Amir Bell is a Princeton commit and has potential to be a four year all-league player in the Ivy.
  • Virginia Assault big man Clint Robinson had a strong weekend and generated some buzz for himself. Richmond, Howard, Towson, Xavier, Wyoming and Central Connecticut State have all reached out to Robinson, who is still waiting on his first offer.
  • A standout for BWSL Simpkins (Va.), 2014 guard Troy Locke is flying under the radar a bit on the recruiting front, as Campbell is the only school currently showing interest.
  • Team Loaded (Va.) big man Stavian Allen is 6-foot-8 and an intriguing Class of 2014 prospect. He is hearing from UT-Arlington, Liberty, George Mason, Auburn and the College of Charleston right now, and his first offer should be coming in a matter of time.
  • 2015 Squires Richmond guard Josh Brown is beginning to develop a reputation and garner some significant recruiting attention. The 6-foot-4 prospect has offers from Drexel and Western Kentucky while Virginia Tech, VCU and George Mason have all expressed major interest.
  • Team Melo (Md.) point guard John Crosby was a top performer at Philly Jam Fest and continued to showcase his game at Southern. He is keeping an open mind about recruiting at the moment and mentioned St. Joseph’s, Lehigh, South Florida, Rutgers, Penn, N.C. State and Miami as a few of the schools recruiting him. George Mason has been recruiting him the hardest while it sounds like St. Joseph’s has been making a recent push. Crosby plans to visit St. Joe’s soon, and has no timetable for a commitment.
  • 2014 Sports U Team Izod (N.J.) guard Marques Townes has picked up new offers from Florida Atlantic and Florida Gulf Coast to go along with the attention he has received from East Carolina, St. Louis, Columbia and Boston U.

**Contributions from Andrew Koob, Edgar Walker, and Peter Febrarro

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